Next time you’re at a red light, especially at night when its easier to see the right-angled signals light up, take notice the timing of the lights. There’s usually a two-second delay between the last light to turn red and the next turning green. There’s a small buffer zone for drivers who are close to running the red. That doesn’t mean when the light turns green, or in this case, the train crossing barrier comes up, that you shouldn’t look for oncoming traffic.
In China, where things aren’t necessarily known for working well all of the time, crossing barriers at a train pass in Tarok failed and sent a signal to let the gates UP when the train was approaching.
Luckily, the 19-year-old student driving the car was unscathed but only thanks to a few inches to spare between what was left of her car from the train acting as a cheese grader.
Come on people! Have some common sense to look where you are going! Commenters may say that the train was coming around a turn or was hard to see from her perspective. I don’t think the train would be going as fast as it did in that case, but we honestly don’t know for sure.
Folks, there’s plenty of these cases happening in the U.S. as well, in NY alone! Look before you cross....anything.
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